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Iraqis to U.S.: Good Riddance

As Iraqi forces took formal control of Baghdad from U.S. troops, fireworks exploded and a countdown clock ticked down the remaining seconds on national TV. The country celebrated newly-created "National Sovereignty Day" in honor of the occasion. Thousands flocked to a park where singers performed patriotic songs while Iraqi militia, their vehicles decorated with flags and flowers, patrolled Baghdad. Some worry that violence will rise now that the American militia are out, but if Iraqi forces are able to keep the violence to a minimum, there will most likely be even more pressure on President Obama to end the unpopular war that's claimed thousands of U.S. and Iraqi lives.